Genre(s): Romance, Contemporary, Rom Com
Age Level: Young Adult
Release Date: June 8, 2021
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
5 out of 5 stars
Quinn Berkowitz and Tarek Mansour’s families have been in business together for years: Quinn’s parents are wedding planners, and Tarek’s own a catering company. At the end of last summer, Quinn confessed her crush on him in the form of a rambling email—and then he left for college without a response.
Quinn has been dreading seeing him again almost as much as she dreads another summer playing the harp for her parents’ weddings. When he shows up at the first wedding of the summer, looking cuter than ever after a year apart, they clash immediately. Tarek’s always loved the grand gestures in weddings—the flashier, the better—while Quinn can’t see them as anything but fake. Even as they can’t seem to have one civil conversation, Quinn’s thrown together with Tarek wedding after wedding, from performing a daring cake rescue to filling in for a missing bridesmaid and groomsman.
Quinn can’t deny her feelings for him are still there, especially after she learns the truth about his silence, opens up about her own fears, and begins learning the art of harp-making from an enigmatic teacher.
Maybe love isn’t the enemy after all—and maybe allowing herself to fall is the most honest thing Quinn’s ever done.
Yes! After several chapters of orienting myself and getting to know characters, I thoroughly enjoyed this one from beginning to end. It was a good balance of humour and realness as seen in the issues the characters faced.
Some Young Adult romance books are cheesy or make it seem too easy for the protagonist and love interest to “fall in love” but that didn’t happen here. We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This was a very realistic view of relationships, crushes, love, and struggle at a young age and nothing felt forced.
As I read, I became more and more empathetic towards Quinn and what she was going through. I found myself wanting to go back to the book so that I could enter into her shoes and figure out how she was going to navigate her life.
The relationship between Quinn and Tarek was a rocky one due to their families working together, the history of their friendship, and unresolved hurt/miscommunication. However, I liked how they both handled themselves both individually and together – the many walls that Quinn put up so she wouldn’t get hurt again and Tarek’s need to make grand romantic gestures – something Quinn does not like.
In particular, I also really enjoyed how everyday issues such as eczema, depression, mental health, and OCD were portrayed and incorporated. As someone that has struggled with poor mental health, OCD, and eczema, I saw myself a lot in these characters. The way these things hindered them, their fears, and their struggles were all realistic and didn’t dumb down how difficult it can be to live with these things while at the same time, showed that they are merely a part of who you are and not something that should define you.
Overall, this book was such a fun read. If you enjoy romance, comedy, teenage angst, romantic tension, flirting, and real life issues, you will really enjoy this book as well!
*A big thanks to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest and fair review.